Striving for Excellence in Taqwa & Character

It Pays the Bills

 

She sat there complaining. Her iman is withering away in those hours spent at work. There is so much she can do but by the time she gets home she’s tired. Her other commitments do not leave her even space to breath let alone do extra prayers or read pages of the Quran. Before she knows it it’s time to go to bed and start the cycle again. Subhanallah, is the answer to give up all and stay at home , become a devoted worshipper, a kind of Muslim hermit? Is that practical, possible or even recommended for a Muslim?

The companion Anas reported: “Three men came to the houses of the wives of the Prophet (pbuh) and asked about his worship. When they were informed, they considered their own worship to be insignificant and said: ‘Where are we in comparison to the Prophet(pbuh) when Allah has forgiven his past and future sins?’ One of them said: ‘As for me, I shall offer prayer all night long.’ Another said: ‘I shall observe fasting perpetually, never to break it.’ Another said: ‘I shall abstain from women and will never marry.’ The Prophet(pbuh) then came to them and said: “Are you the people who said such things? I swear By Allah that I fear Allah more than you do, and I am most obedient and dutiful among you to Him, but still, I observe fasting (sometimes) and break it (at others); I perform (optional) prayer (at night sometimes) and sleep at night (at others); I also marry. So whoever turns away from my Sunnah (i.e., my way) is not from me.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

Other than a dramatic change in jobs, have you considered some simple and in-sha’allah effective steps to increase your iman? Here are a few suggestions. Remember, it is vital to keep steadfast on your prayers throughout the day and keep yourself away from gossiping. You don’t want to sabotage your connection with your creator. The same way that Iman increases with obedience, it decrease with disobedience.

 

Renew your intention

This is not just applicable to acts of worship or charity work your doing on voluntary basis and began doing for the sake of Allah. If by doing this job your intention is to earn a halal living you need to remind yourself of that. The ability to do what you can with resources you have now is a blessing in itself.

 

Enrich the Working hours

Remember Allah in every moment you can with words of exaltation, gratitude and seeking of forgiveness. Sadly we do forget to do something as simple as few words uttered with our tongue. So, how about leaving yourself some reminders? A sticker in/on your diary, your computer’s screensaver or a note in your lunch box!

 

Utilise your Travel Time  

When free make a list of things you would like to listen to and books you would like to read. You may have them ready and just waiting for your day off to go through them. Put your audio player or book in your bag the evening before and use your travel time to listen/read. What benefit points you can share with others? What action points are you going to apply?

 

There are so many other ways you can do, some are more challenging than others or more suitable to your situations than others. Be willing to try new things. When they work out you’ll feel accomplished and motivated to do more even in other aspects of your life. If things do not turn out positively, Alhamdulillah, learn from the lesson and decide on how to tweak it or use the lessons for the next idea.  

 

Fortification of the Muslim – Supplications from the Quran & Sunnah

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